Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35260
Authors: 
Lehrer, Evelyn Lilian
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3541
Abstract: 
This paper presents a critical review and synthesis of recent research on the role of religion in economic and demographic behavior in the United States. Relationships reviewed include the effects of religion on investments in human capital, labor supply and wealth accumulation; union formation and dissolution; and fertility. The paper also comments on the growing literature on the implications of religious dissimilarity between the spouses; on two different, possibly countervailing ways in which religiosity may affect demographic and economic behavior; and on the importance of estimating models that allow for possible non-linearities in the effects of religiosity.
Subjects: 
Religion
marriage
divorce
education
fertility
female labor supply
JEL: 
J1
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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